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Strategic decisions are only as good as the research that goes into making them. Candid's researchers analyze and interpret the most current philanthropic data so you can tap into it. Hundreds of full-text reports published over decades are available to download here in our frequently updated open access repository.

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Research manual: Analyzing Candid’s demographic data

December 1, 2023

To better understand the demographic identities of those working in the nonprofit sector and to reduce the reporting burden on nonprofits, Candid collects and shares demographic data about staff and board members from a growing number of U.S. nonprofits and foundations. This manual provides background and best practices for those looking to understand and use this data set for research and analysis.

FAQ: Candid's nonprofit demographic data

December 1, 2023

This FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the nonprofit demographic data that Candid collects for those looking to better understand this data set and use it in their own work. The brief FAQ provides background on what the data represents, where it comes from, and how it is collected. Information about data completeness and representativeness is also included.

Research manual: Analyzing grants and other philanthropic transactions

July 25, 2023

Over the past several decades, Candid has collected data on tens of millions of grants and other philanthropic transactions awarded by hundreds of thousands of funders located in the U.S. and around the world. This manual provides an overview of this data and includes guidelines and key considerations for its use in research. The document draws on the approaches and methods that Candid's Insights team has developed over time to analyze transactions data. It is intended to increase transparency, help others better understand Candid's data, and offer advice on how to incorporate this data into future research.

Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations, 2021

June 17, 2021

The Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations 2021 is an annual publication from Candid, combining the wisdom from Foundation Center's former Key Facts on U.S. Foundations report and GuideStar's former Nine Things You Might Not Know about U.S. Nonprofits. It offers at-a-glance information about the nonprofit sector. Where does nonprofit revenue come from? Is foundation giving growing? We answer these questions and more.

Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations

April 22, 2020

The Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations is a first-ever publication combining the wisdom from Foundation Center's former Key Facts on U.S. Foundations report and GuideStar's former Nine Things You Might Not Know aboutU.S. Nonprofits. It offers at-a-glance information about the nonprofit sector. Where does nonprofit revenue come from? Is foundation giving growing? We answer these questions and more.

Southern Trends: 50 Years of Philanthropy in the Southeast Region

November 13, 2019

Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) partnered with Candid to develop key findings that highlight data and trends on philanthropy in the South. This edition of the Trends Report captures the 50-year history of SECF, focused on the ways Southern philanthropy has changed since its founding in 1969. The data presented here tells a powerful story. In the last five decades, Southern philanthropy has grown significantly by every measure.A region where giving was once dominated by family foundations is now host to a diverse network of funders, including some who did not even exist 50 years ago. That change shows no signs of slowing, either–this century alone has seen significant growth in assets and giving.Overall, the information provided here shows that Southern philanthropy is stronger than ever–and more ready than ever to transform communities and improve lives.

U.S. Foundation Funding for Central America in Context

September 12, 2016

This fact sheet describes U.S. foundation funding in the larger context of funding by U.S. foundations for international causes more generally.

Aportes filantrópicos de fundaciones estadounidenses a Centroamérica en su contexto

September 12, 2016

This fact sheet describes U.S. foundation funding in the larger context of funding by U.S. foundations for international causes more generally.

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking - Working Definition of Human Rights Grantmaking

January 1, 2016

A document outlining the working definition of human rights grantmaking: what this term means, what the goals of human rights grantmaking are, and the various categories of human rights.

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Florida Philanthropy at a Glance

January 1, 2015

Florida is home to over 5,300 grantmaking foundations spanning all types—Private independent or family, corporate, community, and operating—sizes, and issue areas. In 2013, these grantmakers awarded just over $1.5 billion to charitable causes and held close to $25 billion in assets. Education, health, and human services were the top priorities of Florida grantmakers. Including bequests and giving by individuals, charitable giving by Floridians totaled $16.3 billion. This fact sheet summarizes the key findings from the report Giving in Florida, 2015. 

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations 2014

January 1, 2014

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations provides you with what you need to know about the scale of the nation's foundation community and the grantmaking priorities of the largest foundations. This report is produced annually by Foundation Center's research team.

El Avance de los Derechos Humanos: Actualización sobre la Situación Mundial de Donativos otorgados por las Fundaciones - Principales Hallazgos

January 1, 2014

El Avance de los Derechos Humanos: Actualización sobre la Situación Mundial de Donativos de las Fundaciones explora los donativos para Derechos Humanos por donante, región, tema y enfoque de población en 2011 y también proporciona un resumen de los cambios principales en las subvenciones entre 2010 y 2011. Año con año, los cambios en los niveles de donativos pueden ser influenciados por una o por algunas fundaciones y/o por un conjunto de donativos muy grandes y afectan a aquéllas subvenciones que representan pequeñas porciones del total de dólares otorgados o, del número de donativos totales. Por consiguiente, los lectores deben ser cautelosos en sacar conclusiones a largo plazo sobre los cambios en las prioridades de los donativos basados en cambios de un solo año.

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